Exciting news! The Board of Directors has made the decision to re-open the 8th Maine Lodge and Museum in 2022! The reservation system will be activated on October 1, 2021 for guests wanting to make lodging reservations for the 2022 season. We will be opening on Monday, June 20, 2022 and stay open until Sunday, September 25, 2022.
When we open we will be adhering to the CDC and the State of Maine guidelines. Those guidelines will likely include the need for a vaccination or proof of a negative Covid test, masking, social distancing and etc. By next spring we will know what those guidelines will be. IF, something happens between now and then all the reservation monies will be refunded.
We are excited that Bill and Dawn Hackett will be back as Manager and Host. They are looking forward to seeing all our repeat guests and hopefully some new guests. Also, in 2022, we will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the 8th Maine Regimental Association. Details on that celebration will be announced in early 2022. Please come and enjoy the 8th Maine and all the history, beauty and charm.
Looking forward to 2022 and seeing you!
Sincerely, The 8th Maine Board of Directors
The 8th Maine would like to extend a thank you to the Casco Bay Island Alliance for their grant of $1,500. That money will be used for new front steps to our wonderful Museum and Lodge. It's people like you that make it possible for us to continually improve our building. We are working hard to make a nice and safe place for the entire Island and surrounding Islands to enjoy.
Thank you for your continued support.
The 8th Maine Regiment Memorial Association, Inc. perpetuates the memory, preserves and shares the history of the 8th Maine Volunteer Regiment, including the real and personal property of the Association.
The Memorial Lodge is a unique historic, Queen Anne shingle style structure, comprising one of the largest open wood framed halls in Maine. The building was constructed in 1891 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it appears much as it did in 1891; a rustic, charming gem located only feet from the Atlantic Ocean with views of lighthouses and Casco Bay Islands. The circular veranda porch has many available rocking chairs waiting for occupants.
The Lodge, licensed in Maine, has 14 Victorian style rooms available for guests. All guests share the clean and adequate bathrooms. There are no private bathrooms, in keeping with the historical nature of the building. The main hall, which is 80' by 40', can host events up to 150 people. The dining hall can provide sit-down service for up to 75 people or buffet service for up to 90 people. The 8th Maine welcomes weddings, reunions, family gatherings, birthday parties.
The 8th Maine building includes a museum and library. The Memorial Association, Inc., displays authentic Civil War artifacts, primary documents, and other Civil War information, much of which is directly related to the 8th Maine Regiment.
The 8th Maine also regularly sponsors community events, musical concerts, art shows, and Peaks Fest activities.
The 8th Maine Regiment Association, Inc., was incorporated in 1872 by the veterans and their families as a non-profit organization. The Association is still operated by the veterans' descendants.
President: Jesse Williams
Vice President: Trevor Adams
Treasurer: David Knapp
Secretary: Sarah Z Williams
13 8th Maine Ave
Peaks Island, ME 04108
PO Box 8
Peaks Island, ME 04108
Phone: (207) 749-1705
As a historic building, handicapped access is limited. Please contact us with any questions.
"This is our third stay at the 8th Maine and our family loves it there! We love the character, history and the amazing views. Although we eat many meals out we like the ability to bring some food to keep in the refrigerator and cupboard for lunches, snacks and breakfast items. We also love playing games there at night and it's an easy bike ride from the ferry and into the town center. The manager and hosts are super friendly and knowledgeable."
"We stayed at the 8th Maine for a few days and enjoyed our stay. In particular, we loved having our first coffee in the morning while sitting in a rocking chair on the back porch. We would definitely stay here again."
"Beautiful place where you can feel the ocean and the history of the building."
"Our second visit to the 8th Maine. We loved it as much as we did the first time. It's an amazing location, building, and staff. We had a great time."
"A place to relax, truly, and right on the ocean. Wonderful, old fashioned atmosphere. Stunning view, a place to reconnect as a family. I could go on for ages. Simply put, the 8th Maine is a favorite place and we love it."
"Perfect for travelers who don't require pampering. A rare experience to live with history, and a beautiful restful location."
"Professional and friendly, the host welcomed us upon arrival and made sure that we knew the ropes. Also provided history of lodge, which was very interesting."
"Very unique and special place. We along with our kids and their friends found this a very enjoyable stay. Host was very informative about the amazing history of the Lodge and very welcoming. I definitely recommend staying here!"
"If you like rustic places with lots of history, this place is for you."